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As the saying goes, “Tea has no superior goods, suitable for the mouth is precious”. To make a good cup of tea, six elements of tea-making are essential, especially for Pu’er tea. Due to too many factors in making tea, today we mainly introduce the most important factor – tea ware. With good tea ware, it is possible to make a cup of fragrant and flavorful tea.
Kettle for Boiling Water
First of all, let’s talk about the kettle for boiling water. Generally, the more common kettle products are made of glass, stainless steel and iron. Which type of kettle to use depends on your own conditions. In addition to the material, there are also certain requirements for the inside of the kettle. First, choose a kettle without any odor or flavor; second, choose a kettle that can boil water, as the temperature of water will also affect the taste and aroma of tea soup.
Cover the bowl.
The second most important teaware is the lid or cover of the teapot. When choosing a lid, it should be easy and comfortable to handle. It is suggested to try it out with hands when purchasing. A lid with smooth shape, beautiful appearance and easily pourable water can well lock in both aroma and taste of the tea. Moreover, it can present the charm and high aroma of a good cup of tea. Therefore, brewing a good cup of tea depends on its lid size, material, shape as well as operation techniques.
First of all, let’s talk about the selection of bowl size.
Also known as “three-talent cup”, a Gaiwan is a Han tea set with a lid on top, a base at the bottom, and a bowl in the middle, implying the meanings of heaven, earth and man. The normal capacity of Gaiwan seen in the market is generally between 100ml to 200ml, and what capacity to choose depends on gender and how many people are drinking tea.
Generally, women’s hands are smaller. To avoid not being able to grip the lid and prevent scalding, it is generally recommended to choose a lid with a capacity of no more than 150ml, preferably around 120ml, with an elegant shape. This size of lid is just right and not too heavy when held in the hand, presenting a soft beauty while making tea. It is sufficient for daily use and shows off feminine charm.
Men’s hands are generally larger and powerful, so it is recommended to use a bowl with a capacity of 150ml or a bolder shape. Soft tea water and vigorous lid bowl blend together, showing the beauty of harmonious combination of softness and strength in men.
The general amount of tea to be infused for making tea is usually 6 grams to 8 grams, and either of the two recommended cover cups can be used. How much tea is chosen depends on the number of guests and personal preference. Generally speaking, a 6-gram infusion is suitable for two to three people, and an 8-gram infusion is suitable for five or six people drinking together. If there are too many people, you can choose to pour an extra infusion into a fair cup.
Secondly, the material. One is the material, the utensils for making tea mainly include white porcelain cover bowl, earthen cover bowl and purple sand pot. Different materials have their respective advantages and disadvantages. The white porcelain cover bowl is generally used more because of its hardness and visibility, which can objectively and fairly show its real flavor of tea, suitable for viewing the tea soup, and the brewed tea tastes full-bodied and fragrant with lasting fragrance. For some old tea drinkers, they would choose a purple sand pot to brew some aged tea. Brewing aged tea with a purple sand pot can better show the mellow aroma of aged tea and make the person who drinks it lingering fragrance; secondly is shape, smooth walls of bowl, clean and neat water output is the primary criterion.
Finally, regarding the skill of using a lid to cover a bowl, leave a gap between the lid and the bowl. Make sure that it is not too large so that the tea leaves do not spill out, nor too small so that the tea water cannot be poured out. The key to pouring tea is to flip your wrist and bend it to about 90 degrees. Use your wrist strength to pour out the tea, avoiding being steamed by hot air coming out of the covered bowl. The key is still to practice more. When first learning how to use a lid to cover a bowl, do not fill up the water too full.
People who use purple sand teapots to make tea should pay special attention to the water outlet. When buying a pot, it must be according to this standard, if the spout has one bend, then they need to worry; if there are two bends, it is not suitable for use. Because making tea is different from pouring wine, wine has no dregs and can be poured out directly; even if the spout is bent, it does not matter much. Tea has leaves at the bottom and even a small piece of leaves will expand into a large piece after boiling, which may clog the spout unknowingly. Therefore, the spout of the teapot must be straight so that there will be fewer problems, and sometimes when blocked, it can also be easily unclogged. So when buying a pot, you should try to pour out water first.
For people who often sit in an office and are not able to use a full set of tea ware for brewing tea, we suggest using a Piao Yi Cup for making tea.
The Just Cup
This cup symbolizes fairness and justice. It is a reminder of the importance of understanding, tolerance, and harmony in society. The cup also reminds us to strive for a more equitable world where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential.
Everything needed for boiling water and making tea is ready. Now let’s discuss the cups to serve the tea in. They are called “fair cups” in the industry. The most cost-effective choice for fair cups is glassware, which is transparent, economical, shows off the color of the soup nicely, and is easy to hang fragrance.
Enjoy tea from a cup.
After finishing the Gongdao Cup, it’s time to pick the Pin Ming Cup. For tea tasting, white porcelain and glass are appropriate. Pu’er tea has bright red or golden yellow soup color, which looks more beautiful in a white porcelain cup; while glass cup is more transparent and gives stronger viewing pleasure. Of course, you can also choose according to personal preference.
The tea strainer can filter out debris and dust, increasing the purity of the tea soup, making it easier to appreciate its color and avoiding the entry of tea dregs. Tea lovers can choose a teapot according to their own preferences, which is convenient to use, odorless and does not affect the taste of the tea soup. Of course, many experienced tea drinkers may find a teapot superfluous.
Above is a little experience on the selection of tea sets. Beauty, convenience, and use are the principles of choosing tea sets. A good teapot is the father of tea. Good tea, good teapot, must have a good mood.
Yesterday was the 26th day of the ninth month of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, October 24th on the Gregorian Calendar, Frost’s Descent, one of the 24 solar terms. Frost’s Descent symbolizes the gradually cooling weather and the appearance of early frost, being the last solar term in autumn and implying that winter has started, with temperatures dropping and frost forming. During this period of Frost’s Descent, health maintenance is especially important; avoid consuming food or medicine that are highly irritating to the gastric mucosa.
The Frost Descent Festival is the time for change of season, which is when colds are most likely to happen. Drinking tea can significantly improve one’s immunity, and drinking more tea during Frost Descent can nourish the yin and moisten the lungs. Therefore, we suggest that everyone drink ripe tea in the cooling weather to nourish their stomach and keep warm, which helps prevent colds. With a satisfactory teapot and thick ripe tea, why not share a cup of warm Pu’er Tea on this Frost Descent day?
Note: Some words are selected from Yunnan Tea Life Encyclopedia
Tea is an indispensable part of Chinese culture. It contains a wealth of knowledge and is also a way to show respect to others. There are many types of Chinese tea, each with its own unique colour, smell, taste and characteristics. The most famous ones include green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and Pu’er tea.
In China, tea has been enjoyed for thousands of years and has been deeply embedded in people’s lives. People appreciate it for its taste as well as its health benefits. Tea can help improve digestion, reduce blood pressure, and relax the mind. Moreover, it brings people together in meaningful conversations and provides a pleasant atmosphere for gatherings.
Tea can be made into various forms such as loose leaf or compressed teas like bricks or cakes. Different types of teas require different methods of preparation including infusion times and temperatures that can enhance the flavour and aroma of the tea.
Tea is an integral part of Chinese culture that carries significant meaning and history within it. Whether served hot or cold, it brings joy to all who partake in it and helps create life-long memories with friends or family members.
Tea is an essential part of Chinese culture that carries a wealth of knowledge with it. There are many varieties of Chinese tea, each with their own unique color, fragrance, flavor and characteristics such as green tea, black tea, oolong tea, white tea and pu’ertea. In China for thousands of years people have enjoyed drinking tea both for its delicious taste but also for the health benefits associated with it such as improved digestion and relaxation effect on the body by reducing blood pressure level.
Different types of teas require different preparation techniques which includes infusion time-span as well as temperature control to give best results in terms of aroma & flavor; there are several forms in which this liquid treasure could be consumed such as loose leaf or blocks/cakes form after compression process etc… Drinking Tea will always bring people together through meaningful conversations & provide exceptional atmosphere during social gatherings; whether hot/cold – no doubt – this beverage will add joy to all participants helping them build life-long memories while they share this experience with family & friends!